National Newswatch

The European trade deal has been a disappointment for agrifood

Sep 22 2020 — Alex Binkley — Trade minister, former premiers agree agrifood shortchanged in trade deal.   Ottawa-While the Canada-Europe free trade deal is usually described in glowing terms for its benefits to the Canadian economy, it hasn’t worked out for the country’s farmers, says Dan Darling, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). The deal reached its third anniversary […]

Business groups warn ‘clock is ticking’ for Canada-U.K. trade deal

Sep 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — With only three months to go, businesses that trade between Canada and the United Kingdom are worried about not having a post-Brexit deal in place. Although the United Kingdom left the European Union in January, the terms of the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada continue to apply until Dec. 31, offering […]

Former premiers urge PM to press EU on trade barriers

Sep 21 2020 — Steven Chase — Five former premiers have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to take direct action to fix problems with the Canada-European Union trade deal that they say are thwarting Canadian agri-food sales to the 27-country market. Signatories of the letter include Jean Charest, the former Quebec premier who helped kick-start negotiations that led to […]

US tariffs on China ruled to be illegal by world trade body

Sep 15 2020 — Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press — GENEVA — The World Trade Organization said Tuesday that Trump administration tariffs on Chinese goods totalling more than $200 billion are illegal under the rules of the global trade body. The decision marks the first time the Geneva-based trade body has ruled against a series of tariffs that President Donald Trump's government has imposed on […]

Boosting trade vital to domestic economic recovery

Sep 8 2020 — Alex Binkley — Canada will keep pushing for open international commerce.   Ottawa—Trade is vital to Canadian prosperity and the government will continue joint efforts with international partners to enable supply chains to cope with unjustified restrictions, says Trade Minister Mary Ng. Trade accounted for “nearly two thirds of our national economy and supported 3.3 million Canadian jobs […]

Feds pushed to abandon trade talks with Brazil over Amazon deforestation

Sep 5 2020 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is again being urged to halt trade talks with Brazil after another summer of record-breaking fires in the Amazon rainforest. New data from Brazil's own space agency show the fire devastation in the rainforest even worse this year than in 2019, when 30 per cent more of the forest was destroyed compared to the […]

Tactics of fiery White House trade adviser draw new scrutiny as some of his pandemic moves unravel

Sep 2 2020 — — Amid the Trump administration’s troubled response to the coronavirus pandemic, senior White House aide Peter Navarro has refashioned himself as a powerful government purchasing chief, operating far beyond his original role as an adviser on trade policy. But U.S. officials say the abrasive figure’s shortcomings as a manager could influence how well prepared the United […]

Trump trade adviser Navarro bashes Canada’s ‘self-interests’ in new book

Aug 26 2020 — — White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is taking some unprovoked swipes at Canada in a new book about U.S. President Donald Trump’s unconventional approach to foreign policy. In CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto’s book, “The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World,” Navarro casts aspersions on Canada’s role in the U.S.-led multilateral NATO mission in Afghanistan. […]

U.S. trade office rejects WTO panel decision on Canadian softwood lumber

Aug 24 2020 — — The U.S. trade representative is taking issue with the latest decision from the World Trade Organization on Canada’s long-standing dispute with its largest trading partner over exports of softwood lumber. Robert Lighthizer says the panel report from the WTO, which rejects the bulk of the U.S. complaint, unfairly protects Canada from American retaliation against what […]

Canada vows retaliatory measures as Trump restores tariff on Canadian aluminum

Aug 7 2020 — — The Trudeau government is promising to impose retaliatory tariffs on American products after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is restoring an import tax on raw aluminum from Canada later this month. “In response to the American tariffs, Canada intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a written […]

U.S. slaps 10% tariff on aluminum imports from Canada

Aug 6 2020 — — The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has implemented a tariff of 10 per cent on aluminum products imported from Canada. Trump made the announcement of an executive order imposing the tariffs Thursday in a campaign speech at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio.